Best Weight Loss Drinks

Sometimes life can get in the way of keeping track of your health, which is why weight loss drinks are a popular option to turn to. They are often quick and convenient, but there a few things to know before saying 'bottoms up' and drinking to your good health. Continue Reading...

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Tribeca Health Green Tea X50

Tribeca Health Green Tea X50 🏆 2024

4.5  (608) Summary
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Kim
KimSA10 posts
 
Oo teaI found this product tasted great apart from the natural flavoured sachet. Unfortunately it caused me to feel a little off and overheat which I know was the whole point of it. It also made me feel like I was having heart palpitations which was quite unsettling. May be suitable for other people but not for me personally. Show details
The Lady Shake

The Lady Shake

3.9  (1,441) Summary
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Rebecca Kaz
Rebecca KazVIC
  Choc Honeycomb
FABULOUSLove the flavour and mix with any other flavour. Absolute heaven. Also enjoy Go Mocha + Go Espresso + Chocolate Super Greens. Their Lady Bar Rocky Road is to die for. I actually cut into slices and freeze otherwise I’d be eating the whole box at once. Highly recommend. Helps to keep yourself in check and accountable. Show details
The Man Shake

The Man Shake

3.9  (609) Summary
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Brendan D.
Brendan D.
  Coffee
Customer ServiceThis site has an exceptional customer service followup and attitude.
Flavours tried so far Coffee, Espresso Go, Mocha Go and Choc/ Honeycomb crunch( memories of Violet Crumbles/Crunchies of old).
The Go products really set me up well for my morning activities and with a protein bar snack carry me easily to lunch. Show details ·  1
Celebrity Slim

Celebrity Slim

3.9  (290) Summary
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Chantelle D.
Chantelle D.3 posts
 
ALDI Essential Health Slim & Trim

ALDI Essential Health Slim & Trim

3.9  (169) Summary
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Catherine
Catherine4 posts
  Chocolate
Optifast VLCD

Optifast VLCD

3.6  (595) Summary
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Kathy
KathyNSW2 posts
  Verified VLCD
Bondi Beach Tea Co. B-Slim Tea

Bondi Beach Tea Co. B-Slim Tea

4.3  (39) Summary
Sally Ann
Sally AnnNSW
  Verified
Great customer serviceVery happy with this company. The person was very helpful on the phone. Show details
OptiSlim VLCD Platinum Shake

OptiSlim VLCD Platinum Shake

3.8  (103) Summary
Sue B.
Sue B.QLD8 posts
  Vanilla
Optislim vanilla has a great taste. I love itI've lost a lot of weight with optislim Vanilla shakes. I’ve tried other meal replacement shakes, but I didn’t the taste. I love the optislim vanilla & chocolate flavours. Show details
IsoWhey Complete

IsoWhey Complete

3.6  (177) Summary
Victoria
Victoria
  Classic Coffee
Healthy & satisfyingI have been drinking coffee shakes with added frozen berries for breakfast, I love the flavour & keeps me full till a late lunch, I've tried many replacement meals Isowhey is far my choice , thank you . Show details
Bluey
Bluey45 posts
  Double Choc Mocha
Rapid Loss Shakes

Rapid Loss Shakes

3.3  (254) Summary
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furkensturker
furkensturkerWA
  Chocolate
scoop handel too shortProduct is great. Scoop handel is too short making it extremely difficult to measure Product correctly. Put up against other shakes I would go the other purely because of the difficulty of use. Show details
OptiSlim VLCD Classic Series

OptiSlim VLCD Classic Series

3.2  (292) Summary
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mike
mikeAustralian Capital Territory21 posts
  VLCD Classic Series
It works for meSo far its been great for me and i am loosing the flab. Show details
Medical Vita Diet Shakes

Medical Vita Diet Shakes

3.9  (34) Summary
deadlyduckee
deadlyduckee3 posts
  Iced Coffee
Changed the ingredientsThay use to be keto friendly however all new packaging and more carbs, 2 shakes a day (53 carbs ) definitely not keto friendly anymore Show details
Medical Vita Diet
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Lemon Detox Diet

Lemon Detox Diet

3.3  (74) Summary
Olga
OlgaQLD
  14 Day Detox
Kicstart VLCD Healthy Weight

Kicstart VLCD Healthy Weight

5.0  (12) Summary
jmb
jmb12 posts
  Verified
Herbalife Ultimate Programme

Herbalife Ultimate Programme

3.1  (89) Summary
Gazzadazzle
GazzadazzleQLD13 posts
 
Pyramid SchemeAll these so call health food is just another pyramid scheme. The get rich quick by signing up people and refer your friends. Show details
Bodytrim System

Bodytrim System

2.9  (295) Summary
luckyluke
luckylukeNSW
  Meal Replacement Shake - Chocolate
Great as a hot brekky drinkI can’t stomach food solids in the morning so I have it as a hot brekky drink but prefer to use 1 and 1/2 scoops. Try it. I love it! Show details
Celebrity Slim Rapid Shakes

Celebrity Slim Rapid Shakes

3.7  (27) Summary
Chalinda
ChalindaQLD
  Verified Chocolate
Don't Trust this brand or CompanyPirchased from Giant Chemist Harbour Town and send off to get refund over one month ago and have NOT recieved anything at all. This is just a scam and don't expect will get any refund as advertised.

DO NOT buy this product or trust this Company a complete scam and con. Show details

Celebrity Slim
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Herbalife Instant Herbal Beverage

Herbalife Instant Herbal Beverage

3.9  (18) Summary
Han
Han
  Instant Herbal Beverage
It's Amazing!!I absolutely LOVE this product! I use it every morning to start my day right! Contact me if you are looking to buy! or even just to know more about Herbalife Nutrition!

Atkins Advantage Shakes

Atkins Advantage Shakes

4.4  (13) Summary
Pat Calder
Pat CalderQLD8 posts
  Milk Chocolate Protein Powder
Perfect quick breakfastOnly have the chocolate available here. It’s taken awhile to get used to the artificial sweetener taste. The shake tastes much better with 100mls of low fat milk. My preferred bkfst before work Show details
Yvonne Akladious
Yvonne AkladiousVIC
  Fair Incentive
TerribleIt is awful. I had so bad side effect. so so bad headache, vomited, sick and I felt I am dying. My blood pressure was very high. I did too many times detoxing but this is the first time I tried this product and it was worse experience in my life. Show details
Body Science Green Tea TX100

Body Science Green Tea TX100

3.2  (22) Summary
corleenrose
corleenroseNSW
 
Slim Mama Co

Slim Mama Co

5.0  (6) Summary
Jayde
JaydeNSW2 posts
 
Ang Pts
Ang Pts
 
Im in LoveI started my Quickstart Prog 3 months ago i have lost 16Kg. Im continuely buying herbalife products. Ive tried so many shakes and other products to help me loose weight, none have worked. Im so happy with herbalife. I Love It :)

Brauer Elimitona Slim & Detox

Brauer Elimitona Slim & Detox

3.1  (15) Summary
KRIS
KRISCairns
 
Seeing results a week after beginningHave been doing it for over a week now and thought nothing was changing but now realising that headaches are a side effect which I have had a few of. Just had diahorrea and was shocked as I thought this would have happened last week, but happy stuff is being cleaned out. Still drinking coffee though as I am a shift worker :-)

Caruso's Quick Cleanse

Caruso's Quick Cleanse

4.1  (7) Summary
Jane
Jane5 posts
 
It worked for me worth tryingFor some reason I have been going through a ' season' of constipation.
This supplement has helped with emptying the bowels...you will be going to the toilet!!
Yet to see if I return to my regular normal healthy bowel movement soon.. Show details
Katchie
KatchieNSW
  Fair Incentive
Chocolate for the winThe kids are loving the chocolate flavour. Great for an after school snack, or with added fruit and oats for a more filling meal. It’s great knowing they are getting added nutrition without any complaints. Show details
Sally
Sally8 posts
 
Too much sugar in this!I specifically bought items from Cabot because of the Liver Healing they promote on most (not all) of their products. My own fault for not reading the Macros properly on this product, it is massively high is sugars, and has sugar added, a killer for the liver of someone like myself with a Fatty Liver. Will not buy this again

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Amy Dollard
Amy DollardAU
 
Perfect gluten and dairy free protein shakeTastes great in both vanilla and chocolate. Very filling. Works really well. Yummy with added banana and peanut butter or even a shot of coffee. Such great value and the website send it quickly no issues. Show details
Isagenix IsaLean Shake

Isagenix IsaLean Shake

4.7  (3) Summary
Aleisha
AleishaACT93 posts
  Verified Creamy Dutch Chocolate
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What can I drink to lose weight fast?

It’s important to note straight off the bat that there is no miracle cure for reducing belly fat or other body fat overnight. Even though some weight loss drinks claim to be fast working, no product will give you instant results.

Progress takes patience, and will likely also involve trial and error in finding the right weight loss drink for you, as everyone’s body is different and may respond differently to the same ingredients.

Weight loss drinks won’t be effective when used in isolation. They should be one part of a structured weight loss program, taken along with regular exercise and healthy meal planning. If you’re not sure where to start, a doctor or dietician can help you find the best weight loss program for your individual needs.

Weight loss teas

Teas for weight loss include slimming teas, which claim to increase fat burning, boost metabolism and suppress appetite; detox teas, which remove toxins and promote weight loss; and fit teas, which aim to boost energy levels. Some products have multiple purposes, for example the Bondi Beach Tea Co. B-Slim Tea is both a detox and fit tea.

Weight loss teas are made using a blend of tea leaves, which contain caffeine, and herbs.

Pros
There is evidence that the active ingredient green tea extract has positive effects on burning fat and increasing metabolism.
Cons
Natural ingredient list doesn’t necessarily make them safe for consumption.
The inclusion of laxatives and diuretics can just increase bowel movements and make you lose water weight, rather than fat.
Can be expensive, especially if you’re planning to use them long term.

The benefits

When it comes to weight loss teas, the products that contain green tea extract are the most effective. Green tea extract for weight loss is high in antioxidants known as catechins. These cachetins can be beneficial in burning fat and boosting metabolism, if you also exercise regularly at least 3 times a week.

When catchetins (particularly one called EGCG) are combined with caffeine (which occurs naturally in green tea) the effect is increased. Fat broken down from fat cells can then, ideally, be used as an energy source.

The side effects

Diuretics

Many weight loss teas contain diuretics, which make you urinate frequently. As a result, any short-term weight loss may be caused by losing water weight, instead of losing fat. This can cause you to become dehydrated and have an electrolyte imbalance, and isn’t actually resulting in sustainable weight loss. Drinking water to stay hydrated is important when you're trying out a new weight loss tea.

Laxatives

Other teas contain laxatives, and considering caffeine itself is a laxative, this can get uncomfortable. These ingredients will loosen your bowels, and have you going to the toilet more often - but, again, you won’t be losing fat.

Sometimes laxatives may come in the form of seemingly innocent natural ingredients. For example, senna is a herbal medicine often used to empty the large intestine before surgery. When drunk in a weight loss tea, it can cause pain, stomach cramps, diarrhea and even liver damage.

Other natural diuretics, like hawthorn, juniper, and hibiscus, may be okay in very small doses, however it can be difficult to know when you’re overdoing it, especially if it’s recommended that you drink the tea more than twice a day.

Weight loss shakes

These are also known as meal replacement shakes or liquid meal replacements, or , as they’re designed to be substituted for 1-2 meals per day. They contain a lower amount of calories than in a typical meal, with the aim of putting you into a caloric deficit to promote weight loss.

Most weight loss shakes have around 150-350 calories per shake, with options towards the higher end of the scale often including milk products and/or some form of protein.

Pros
The effective options contain a carefully formulated mixture of vitamins and minerals to make sure you still get your nutritional needs met.
Quicker to prepare than a meal, making them a convenient option for weeknights.
Can be cheaper per serve than the groceries bought to make a meal.
Often available in a wide range of flavours - some weight loss shakes actually taste okay. Adding some fruit, or milk instead of water can also make them palatable.
Cons
Some shakes can leave you feeling hungry - and reaching for the snacks.
Not designed to be relied on as a long-term dieting option.
Can be easy to fall off the wagon if you intend to replace every meal with a shake.

The benefits

Weight loss shakes can be a quick and convenient way to lose unwanted kilos in the short term. You don’t have to worry about portion control or making sure you’ve satisfied your nutritional needs. You just dump the recommended amount of powder into some liquid and drink it.

Shakes still may not taste as great as a freshly cooked meal, but remember you don't have to substitute every meal. Even replacing one meal a day with a shake can lead to results.

The best weight loss shakes make you feel full, and also stop you craving snacks in between meals. If you find yourself still feeling hungry, you can increase your shake serving or find a more calorie-dense option.

The downsides

Everyone’s body will have different requirements in terms of how many calories they need per day, depending on factors like their age, gender, height and body weight, as well as lifestyle factors, like the frequency and type of any exercise undertaken.

While the aim is to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight, you can have too few calories in a meal replacement shake. When this happens, you’ll still feel hungry after drinking a shake, and could turn to snacking to make up the difference - which isn’t going to help you lose weight.

Weight loss shakes aren’t intended to be a long-term solution to curb weight gain. Eventually, you’ll transition back to eating full meals. Unless you have a healthy eating plan in place, it can be easy to jump back into old habits of overindulging, especially at restaurants or parties.

As less common but potential side effects, drastically decreasing calories can sometimes result in the reduced absorption of some nutrients, a slower metabolism and an inability to know when you feel full or not.

Since weight loss shakes often don’t contain fibre, it’s also recommended that you have at least one meal a day with fibre in it, like a high-fibre breakfast cereal.

Weight loss supplements

Weight loss drink supplements come in the form of liquids, or powders that you dissolve in liquid. However, there are also weight loss pills.

They contain a variety of ingredients, such as herbs, minerals, vitamins, fibre and sometimes caffeine. Their purposes are also varied, and include suppressing appetite, stopping fat or carbs from being absorbed, or boosting metabolism.

Pros
You can still keep eating meals while drinking a weight loss supplement.
Cons
If not combined with a healthy diet or exercise, these may be ineffective.
There are limited clinical trials proving the effectiveness of weight loss drink supplements.
Active ingredients can have side effects, especially when consumed regularly in high doses. This includes caffeine, which can cause headaches, increased stress and a racing heartbeat.
Many are not required to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association for safety before being released to the public.

Detox and Cleanse products

Detox diets are intended to remove toxins from the kidneys, liver and colon, including sugar, fat and alcohol. They may be a tempting option after a period of unhealthy eating, like holidays or after lockdown. Many detox options for weight loss are detox teas.

Products that promote a cleanse are designed to remove a particular food or group of foods from your diet to aid in weight loss. Examples of cleanses include removing acidic foods, allergy-inducing foods, refined sugar, dairy or alcohol.

Detoxes and cleanses are short-term options, and usually last from 1 to 30 days. Often, weight loss is considered a positive benefit, rather than the primary outcome.

Other things to consider before buying a weight loss drink

Taste

Weight loss drinks are usually flavoured to make them more palatable. You may think that you can just pinch your nostrils together and bear the taste. However, if you’re drinking a shake instead of the majority of your meals in a week, a drink with an unpleasant flavour or aftertaste will make sticking out your weight loss goals much more challenging.

Brands that offer sample packs or small sizes can be helpful in allowing you to select a flavour that you enjoy, or at least don’t mind.

Some reviewers of shakes reported adding a few extra treats to help them look forward to their drinks more. This included milk, fruits like mango, bananas and berries, and peanut butter.

Value for money

Typically, meal replacement shakes are the most expensive weight loss drink types. Since they replace meals, you’ll save money on your grocery bill by paying for a shake instead.

There are still wide price discrepancies between different brands. For example, a shake from BODi will cost you around $9 per shake, while The Man Shake and Lady Shake are around $3 per shake, and a single-serve sachet of ALDI’s Slim & Trim shake is $1.99.

However, the price has to be weighed up against whether the shakes actually work for you - if you’ve found a winner, you may not mind paying a little extra for a product that effectively helps you lose weight.

Ingredient safety

If you’re experiencing side effects from a weight loss drink, such as headaches, nausea, or a racing heart, it could be that the high concentration of a certain ingredient - for example one containing caffeine - is giving you an adverse reaction.

Always check the ingredients first to make sure there isn’t an ingredient that won’t sit well with you. If you’re on any existing medications, check with your GP that a particular weight loss drink won’t clash with the medication or aggravate existing health conditions. For example, the high amounts of caffeine in many weight loss drinks are generally not recommended for people who experience IBS, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

You might not have any existing conditions or concerns, but would prefer no hidden nasties in your healthy drink. It’s possible to source weight loss drinks that contain no artificial colours or flavours, or no artificial sweeteners.

The bottom line

There are plenty of weight loss drinks on the market today, and some may be able to assist in helping you reach your weight loss goals. For a weight loss drink to be effective, make sure it's ingredients have proven benefits to weight loss, and are safe with no side effects. Weight loss drinks should not be used in isolation, and for them to help with sustainable weight loss, they shoud be part a holistic weight loss plan incorporating exercise and healthy eating.

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